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FIVE POINT PREVIEW | Carlisle United

Five things to look out for when we welcome the Cumbrians to Sussex on Saturday

28 September 2017

As Crawley Town look to get back to winning ways against Carlisle United on Saturday, we've picked out five things to keep an eye on...

Ex-Reds

Saturday sees three former Reds return to the Checkatrade Stadium; Nicky Adams, Mike Jones and Shaun Miller.

Adams was a popular figure here during his two years at the club, amassing over 60 appearances whilst the club was enjoying life in League One.

The midfielder scored Crawley’s quickest FA Cup when he netted after just 14 seconds against Reading in January.

Jones was at the club during the same time as Adams, and was a regular feature here in West Sussex.

The 30-year old played 91 times in just two seasons, scoring five goals.

Miller doesn’t quite have the attachment to the club as Adams and Jones but did have a short loan spell at the Checkatrade Stadium, late in 2014.

Deadlock

With just one point separating the Reds and Carlisle, and the club’s history of facing each other, a draw might be a fair predicition.

Half of the previous encounters have ended all square, including the most recent one, the dramatic 3-3 draw here at the Checkatrade that saw Crawley guarantee safety Football League sfaety last season, when Jimmy Smith fired home an equaliser in the 90th minute.

The other three draws all came in League One, finishing 1-1, 1-1 and 0-0.

Leapfrog

Crawley and Carlisle have shared similar starts to the campaign, with just one point between the two; United in 17th and the Reds in 19th.

This means a win for the Reds on Saturday would see them leapfrog this weekend’s opponents and possibly as high as 13th if results go their way.

Clint Hill

Whilst seeing former Premier League players isn’t much of a rarity at the club anymore, it’s always worth noting when the opposition has one of their own.

Clint Hill signed for the Cumbrians earlier this month off the back of an extensive career that saw him play in the top-flight for QPR.

The 38-year old is a veteran of the game, having amassed over 600 club appearances.

International gaffers

Saturday will see two former full internationals face off against each other in the dugout in the form of Harry Kewell and Keith Curle.

By now Reds fans will be more than familiar with Kewell's exploits with the Australian national team - 56 appearances for the Socceroos, scoring 17 goals.

Curle too has international experience, and has three England caps to his name, the most noteworthy being an appearance against Denmark of the group stages of Euro '92.

Unlike usual allegiances, Reds fans will be hoping it's the Australian contingent that is victorious over the English on Saturday.


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